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Interview with Janice Lagace, Deb White & Paul Newton

Posted On: Jul 27 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

Interview with Janice Lagacé, Deborah White & Paul Newton

For the month of July, we will be featuring the people of UMass who support our research. This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Janice Lagacé, Deborah White & Paul Newton. Janice is the Associate Director of Research Funding Services, and she signs off on all my grant submissions on behalf of the university. Deb and Paul are Grant & Contract Specialists, and they help with my pre- and post-award budgeting/financials. We have worked together for many years, and Janice, Deb and Paul are awesome at what they do! They help so much with the financial portion of my research proposals, not to mention the research of many other investigators at UMass. Get to know them here!

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Interview w Laura Lajoie & Celia Hartigan

Posted On: Jul 17 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research, Skin

Interview with Laura Lajoie & Celia Hartigan

For the month of July, we will be featuring the people of UMass who support our research. This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Laura Lajoie and Celia Hartigan. Laura and Celia work in our Dermatology Department and play critical support roles for our projects. Laura is the Director of the Skin Diseases Research Core, and Celia is a Research Nurse Manager who helps us with our human research studies. We have worked together for many years, during which we've become good friends. Laura and Celia are some of the hardest workers I know, and they always go above and beyond to help us. Get to know them here!

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Interview with Martha Rios & Mariela Martinez

Posted On: Jul 10 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

Interview with Martha Rios & Mariela Martinez

For the month of July, we will be featuring the people of UMass who support our research. This week, I had the pleasure of interviewing Martha Rios and Mariela Martinez. Martha and Mariela work for our Environmental Building Services (EBS) department as custodians on our floor. We have worked together for about 6 years, during which we've become good friends. Martha and Mariela are some of the hardest workers I know, and they always go above and beyond to help us. Get to know them here!

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Interview with Madelyn Rivera

Posted On: Jul 01 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research, Skin

Interview with Madelyn Rivera

For the month of July, we will be featuring the people of UMass who support our research. For my first interview, I had the pleasure of interviewing Madelyn Rivera. Maddy works in our research core facility as an Animal Care Technician. Maddy always goes above and beyond to help us, and she does everything with a smile and a positive outlook on life. Get to know her here!

 

 

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Interview with Kerstin Nundel

Posted On: Jun 18 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

Interview with Dr. Kerstin Nundel

Meet our research team member Dr. Kerstin Nundel. Kerstin's lab studies how B cells, a type of white blood cell, become activated against the body's own tissues and cause lupus.

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Interview with the LRA Research Team

Posted On: May 28 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

Ms. Diomaris Gonzalez, Dr. Shayla Shorter and Dr. Teodora Staeva of the Lupus Research Alliance.

Happy Lupus Awareness Month!

I had the pleasure of interviewing the Research Team at the Lupus Research Alliance (LRA), including Dr. Shayla Shorter, Ms. Diomaris Gonzalez, and Dr. Teodora (Teo) Staeva. I have had the opportunity to work with all three as one of six recipients of an LRA grant at UMass. The LRA is the world’s leading private funder of lupus research in the world.  These three are great role models for women in science and advocacy, and it was wonderful to hear their insights into what the LRA is accomplishing and their visions for the future of lupus.

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Interview with Kevin Gao

Posted On: May 26 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

Happy Lupus Awareness month!

Meet our research team member Kevin Gao. Kevin is an MD/PhD student studying lupus and mechanisms of autoimmunity in the labs of Drs. Ann Rothstein and Kate Fitzgerald here at UMass.

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Interview with the LupusChat Board

Posted On: May 23 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus

Happy Lupus Awareness Month! I had the pleasure of interviewing the LupusChat Executive Board. LupusChat is a global health organization based in New York City, founded in 2012 by Tiffany Marie Peterson. The mission of LupusChat is to "improve the quality of life for all those impacted by lupus, chronic, autoimmune, and rheumatic diseases."

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Interview with Beverly Goodell

Posted On: May 08 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus

 

It's May - that means - Happy Lupus Awareness Month!

It was my pleasure to interview Beverly Goodell of the Lupus Foundation of New England (LFNE).

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Interview with John Harris

Posted On: Jan 02 2020 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research, Skin

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I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. John Harris, a physician-scientist here at UMass and co-director of the autoimmune skin sequencing program. Dr. Harris was my postdoctoral mentor, and I learned a lot from him. John is very talented and charismatic, and I hope you enjoy hearing about the exciting things going on in our department and his vision for the future of Cutaneous Lupus!

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Interview with Dr. Ramirez-Ortiz

Posted On: Dec 13 2019 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

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I had the pleasure of interviewing our newest lupus faculty member, Dr. Zaida Ramirez-Ortiz. In addition to being a scientific researcher, Zaida is an accomplished marathon runner and has competed in elite women's races all over the US.

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Lupus Chick Interview

Posted On: Oct 24 2019 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus

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Interview with Marisa Zeppieri, Lupus Chick.

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Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus: Why we study skin

Posted On: Apr 10 2019 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research, Skin

Did you know that 80% of patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE, multiple organs) have skin involvement, but only 10-20% of Cutaneous Lupus Erythematosus (CLE, skin) patients are at risk of developing lupus?

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What is Lupus?

Posted On: Mar 28 2019 Posted By: Jillian Richmond Tags: Lupus, Research

What is Lupus?

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